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Next step?

VOTERS HAVE spoken, and for Bellaire School District officials, it is not positive news.A 12.9-mill emergency school levy was on Tuesday's Ohio Primary ballot. The issue was defeated by a convincing 3-1 margin from the nearly 2,400 votes cast.It is another setback for a school district reeling ...

Aiding Others

FROM activities throughout the area, it's obvious that many East Ohio natives know the importance of being willing to carry the ball when it comes to helping others.And, two happenings of this kind occurring this week involve balls - although one event focuses on tennis balls while the other is ...

Police Staffing

THE MARTINS Ferry Police Department is not being well received by lead-footed motorists these days.Thanks to the prudent utilization of auxiliary police officers, the Martins Ferry police have been able to better patrol Ohio 7. As a result, significantly more speeding citations are being issued ...

Buy American

THE U.S. auto industry seems to be making a rebound, another sign that the economy just may be turning around.Domestic auto sales have been on the rise in recent months, helping not only the U.S. economy but also the struggling domestic automakers that fell in a dire situation during the low ...

Lucrative Learning

PROVIDING STUDENTS incentive for excelling in the classroom can come in many forms.We give the one which played out Wednesday in Bellaire an A plus.The fourth annual Bellaire Local History Scholarship presentations were staged at the public library. Three worthy Bellaire High students ...

Young Jobs

THE SUMMER Youth Employment Program is of utmost importance to Belmont County.Countless local youths have benefitted over the years from the program. With the county coffers tight and the economy ailing, there are no guarantees that the program will come to fruition each summer.Such fears were ...

Good Example

FACING ECONOMIC conditions that are still tight - as well as some mid-term elections that promise to be tight as well - lawmakers in Washington recently agreed to forego cost of living pay hikes for themselves during the 2011 fiscal year.On Tuesday, members of Congress voted 402-15 in ...

Tax burden

Another tax season went in the books this month.There have been a number of tax cuts implemented in recent years, but unless you've recently moved to Ohio after living in another state, Ohioans probably don't realize that their state tax is among the lowest in the nation.The Ohio Department of ...

Safer Mines

WEST VIRGINIA is preparing for a visit from Barack Obama and Joseph Biden. President Obama and Vice-President Biden will be in the Mountain State Sunday.It is a trip, however, we wish the nation's top two leaders did not have to make. Obama and Biden will be taking part in a ceremony at the ...

Safe Prom

SPRINGTIME ushers in prom season. It is a special time of the school year. All too often, however, it becomes a tragic time.Proms are school functions that students look forward to and plan well in advance. Gowns and tuxedos must be located and fitted while hair and nail appointments are made ...

Making the Grade

A REPORT from the Ohio Board of Regents for higher education yields mixed reviews. The academic group developed a list of 10-year goals in 2008 for improving the state's educational system.Two years removed from that undertaking, we give the Ohio Board of Regents a B- for its efforts.The Board ...

Going Green

TAKING CARE of the land that takes care of us.Thursday is Earth Day, when Americans from coast to coast recognize the importance of our environment. Along those lines, the Barnesville Area Reforestation Kommittee staged its seventh annual tree planting Saturday. Some 200 volunteers donated ...

Road Work Ahead

WE'RE JUST getting into construction season, and for the next several months we'll be seeing more orange barrels on Ohio roadways than ever before.For travelers, this will mean more delays, detours and traffic congestion than usual will be down the road.But that's alright.This month the Ohio ...

Volunteer Week

VOLUNTEERISM MAKES the world go round.That may be a little of a stretch, but volunteers and the tasks they deliver are priceless.They make the world a much better place. We are indebted to them for countless acts of helping their fellow man while expecting nothing in return.In conjunction with ...

Better Leadership

THE BALL is now in the hands of the Martins Ferry School District administration. The superintendent and board of education have squeezed as much blood from the turnip as possible.The board of education, by a 5-0 vote Monday night, opted to enact changes to the district's two health insurance ...

Private Talks

THE BELLAIRE Local School District is in dire straits. A $3 million deficit is no small hole to dig out from, a perilous situation the district currently finds itself in.That is why we find it disturbing to see that the Bellaire Education Association and school board are engaged in a public ...

Famous Americans

UNION Local sixth-grade teacher Sheryl Sonk and others involved with the Famous Americans Fair apparently agree with author David McCullough, who once noted, "No harm's done to history by making it something someone would want to read."A two-time Pulitizer Prize winner for his books about John ...

Racing Teams

IT'S ALL about the kids.That theme was popularized by the late Sam Mumley. The former OVAC Executive Secretary worked tirelessly for the betterment of youth in the Ohio Valley.So as we see the dawning of a second Soap Box Derby in the Ohio Valley, we believe that proves a wonderful opportunity ...

Pay Adjustments

LAST WEEK, the Belmont County Commissioners cast a split vote on pay adjustments for four administrators and supervisors at the county's department of job and family services.The motions passed, with a dissenting votes cast in light of the uncertain fiscal situation at the department when the ...

Learning Tool

NEWSPAPERS ARE a great educational tool in classrooms around the country. Locally, Newspapers In Education has made a major impact in the lives of countless students.THE NIE program is coordinated by The Times Leader and our sister papers in Wheeling. We provide newspapers and related ...